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Blog entry by CentipedeSawhorse posted 06-19-2013 08:15 AM 5445 reads 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently semi-retired from my position as the VP of R&D at a small hardware company where I designed power tool attachments and accessories. Having the time to pursue projects that delight me instead of the owner of this company, I have decided to try to bring one of my best ideas yet to market. I would love to have your feedback on both the product and my approach to funding the project.

I recently semi-retired from my position as the VP of R&D at a small hardware company where I designed power tool attachments and accessories. Having the time to pursue projects that delight me instead of the owner of this company, I have decided to try to bring one of my best ideas yet to market. I would love to have your feedback on both the product and my approach to funding the project.

Here is a video of the product. It explains the product far better than my words can.

Though you might expect that someone who retires from a VP position would have oodles of cash lying around, but I did mention it was a small hardware company I worked for. In order to help bring this product to market, I’ve decided I’d start a crowd funding campaign where people can pre-order products from the first production run. With these funds, I’ll get the tooling and first production run done.

Here is a link to the campaign:

With all that being said, what do you guys think? Do I have a cool tool going for me? Do you think my campaign will be successful? I’m open to any and all advice as I’ve never really paid much attention to the Internet before and am really making this up as I go along…

Thanks in advance for your time and advice. If this comes across as a pitch and I have offended, I will certainly remove this blog post immediately.

Ed Adkins

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 12:12 PM

I think you’re on to something big here, this reminds me of the B&D Workmate workbench story. I could have used this several years ago when working with plywood on a built-in cabinet setup, would have saved me much aggregation with blade pinching from sagging plywood.
I hope you have great success with this, and that it’s yet another great American entrepreneurial success story.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 01:04 PM

nice system you have here

what is the cost
for either one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 02:15 PM

Ed … Inventions that are no where near as good as yours have gotten funding from the ‘sharks’ on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ show.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 02:24 PM

That is awesome, and i was surprised at the price (I thought it would be more).
It would be good for the home workshop for breaking down sheet goods.
Good luck on your adventure.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 03:18 PM

Great idea. Hope it goes well for you.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 06-19-2013 03:38 PM

I think its really cool. I especially like that you’ve incorporated some hold downs too. For sheet goods and on the job site work it appears to be a pretty valuable tool. Would it handle an errant cut through one of its poke up legs? I know my saw horses have seen their fair share of those cuts. Are the expanding joints riveted or do they use wing nuts?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 06-19-2013 06:25 PM

nice invention

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 06-19-2013 10:50 PM

That is cool! I love any kind of worholding/work support type of fixture. Especially the ones that make it easier to work alone. And I love gadgets. That’s why I have a workmate, a jawhorse, a shopsmith 510, a bladerunner, and a sonicrafter. I want one of these,or two! It seems to me that a couple of the 2×4 configuration is the way to go for the DIY dude. You could flip it around and put them together lengthwise, side-by-side, or T-shaped. I do not see this product taking off with contractors who do paneling. Seems to me that those guys might have a panel saw on wheels that could be lifted off of a truck and placed in a driveway.

But for funding, you really need to talk to the money guys,and not us lumberjocks.
Rockwell is loving this type of jig right now.
Shark Tank! might want a bite.

I’m going to keep an eye on this. The old man has a birthday coming up. And I want one, or two!

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 01:46 AM

Wow, great idea.

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#10 posted 06-20-2013 07:39 PM

Very, very, very awesome.
Is that a price to go to market at or just introductory? Seems wicked low.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#11 posted 06-22-2013 01:51 AM

Awesome product idea, I can see many uses

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 06-22-2013 02:09 AM

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in responding! I’m not sure what happened, but I am unable to log into the original account and I am not getting any responses from [email protected] I thought maybe I had been spam banned, but I don’t think they would have left this post up if that were the case. Considering the responses and questions, I couldn’t wait any longer for a response from them.

@patron: The PRO version is $99.99 and the DIY version is $49.99.

@jap & @rfusca: Yes, we are being told more and more that our prices are coming in low. We simply don’t want to gouge and are setting it up for a fair profit for the factory, us and the retailers while keeping it competitive with traditional steel saw horses.

@elduque: We’re not after big money, we just need help with the tooling. We’re willing to work this project from the ground up. What we are doing is simply asking folks to buy one or two at a time from the first production run. With the funds we raise, 50 bucks at a time, we’ll be able to pay for the tooling and start production.

@chrisstef: The polymer P-Tops are designed to take the cut. You won’t damage your saw blade on the steel Centipede leg and you won’t damage the Centipede with the blade. You’ll only damage the P-Top, which can be replaced. There is also a design feature I’d rather not elaborate on that will ensure the steel legs will not poke through the P-Top.
The connectors are steel rivets.

@TheDane & @elduque: The shark tank application is in and we hope. But, again, we’re not looking for big money investors. We’re happy to build this up slowly and surely. We know it is a great product and we are willing to build our success one demonstration at a time.

@ ALL – Thanks for the kind words and warm wishes. We are hoping for the best and hope you’ll come check out the crowd funding campaign for yourself. Of course we hope you’ll consider pre-ordering a unit of your own, but even if you’ll just share this with your friends, we’ll sleep better at night…

Contact us at [email protected] for more information. Visit our campaign here:

-- Sincerely, Ed Adkins -

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#13 posted 06-22-2013 02:21 AM

Im bookmarking this. Hopefully in the near future I can participate in the funding. This is a GREAT idea and I can see me using this quite often when I do my handyman work.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#14 posted 06-24-2013 10:27 PM

I’d like to add, we expect that the retail pricing will be $50 and $100, but we cannot be 100% sure at this point. It is certainly the price we calculated for the units sold during this crowd funding campaign.

-- Sincerely, Ed Adkins -

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#15 posted 06-25-2013 03:05 AM

Ed it looks like a great product. Very useful for ripping down sheet goods. What is the height in relation to a table saw top?

It would be awesome if you could mount rollers on it to be used as TS infeed and outfeed support.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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